We have found a building in Pennsylvania that will provide a permanent home for our burgeoning community and ensure its future.
If we can raise the funds for restoration and improvements, this building will cut our operating expenses in half, double our floor space, and provide lodging for students and artists. To become sustainable deep into the future, the Plumier Foundation must reduce costs by finding a permanent home in a location where our craft community can grow, collaboration with other institutions can thrive, and housing for employees and students is affordable.
We’re coming to the end of another year and ending it once again on a high note. We want to thank all of you for your help. Your participation this past year has been astonishing, especially since we started the campaign to create our new home.
While we still have a long way to go toward completion, and can by no means rest as yet, we have past an important milestone and want to thank those of you who have stepped up to the plate with generosity. Because of that we are right at 55% of the way toward our $600,000 goal.
We couldn’t have hoped for a better Christmas present. Several pledges early on which gave us a big boost, and then in the past week we have had two $5,000 matching grants offered and both were immediately matched. All told, we are up to about $350,000 in pledges for early 2024.
We still have a long way to go; however, because of your generosity, we’ve been able to move forward with a large degree of confidence. We have engaged an architect and who is working on building permits and has met with the carpenter to ensure they have they are on the same page. Both have a high regard for the historic nature of the building and will be doing the restoration in such a way to keep not only as much of the original character in tact as possible but to keep as much of the original materials as it practically possible. While we still need quite a bit of support to complete the project, we will start the physical work toward the end of January or beginning of February.
Things are moving forward.
For those who missed the first note, this 1850’s building was originally built to be a warehouse. In the 1860’s it gained its storefront and became a general store. In 1906 a furniture manufacturer moved in, and we’d like Plumier to bring back the tradition of woodworking in the building.
Read more in the link below.